The Glittering Prizes

Season 1 Episode 4

A Country Life

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Aired Unknown Feb 11, 1976 on BBC
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A Country Life
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The quiet rural life of Dan and Joyce is interrupted, after a decade of marriage, by the re-appearance of Joyce's former lover, Alan Parkes, now a famous TV star and producer. His visit shows Joyce that she is not as happy as she thought, and Dan's secure existence comes under threat as a result.moreless

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  • Dan Bradley sees his teacher's life as a rural idyll, his marriage to Joyce as a happy one - but she isn't as happy as he'd like to believe.

    7.0
    How, ask Dan and Joyce, did he - that is, Alan Parkes - ever find us? Well, yes, it might be interesting to find out, but Frederic Raphael doesn't bother telling us. The long central sequence where the suave, successful Parkes deftly undermines the apparent security of the Bradley's marriage (and so gets a long-delayed revenge on Dan for taking Joyce from him) is very nicely done, and Angela Down is exceptionally good as the "contented" wife who gradually realises that she's nothing of the sort, but it's a pity that this is quite divorced from any sense of life going on around it. Where will Dan go, once the artificial life he's so painstakingly created for himself has disappeared? Raphael isn't interested in that, even if we are.moreless
Tim Preece

Tim Preece

Tim March

Guest Star

Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp

Graham

Guest Star

Tony Haygarth

Tony Haygarth

Delivery Man

Guest Star

Malcolm Stoddard

Malcolm Stoddard

Dan Bradley

Recurring Role

John Gregg

John Gregg

Alan Parkes

Recurring Role

Anna Carteret

Anna Carteret

Barbara Parkes

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    • This seems to be the only TV acting in the career of Stephanie Calman, later better known as a journalist, broadcaster and comedy scriptwriter.

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    • The character of Alan Parkes, an Australian graduate of Cambridge University who becomes a famous TV interviewer and executive in the early 1960s, bears a very slight resemblance to the real-life David Frost, a Cambridge student who became one of the most important figures in British television in the 60s and 70s. The Australian background of the fictitious Parkes may have been simply intended to prevent overt identification with Frost, but has coincidentally had the effect of making Parkes also resemble another Cambridge graduate who became a famous TV pundit and interviewer, Clive James. The latter's career as a TV performer was still in its infancy when "The Glittering Prizes" was first shown, but it may be that he himself made such a connection, as his reviews of the series in "The Observer", where he served as TV critic for ten years, were extremely hostile.

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